2017 Signals a Change for the Value Proposition of SD-WAN
2017 Signals a Change for the Value Proposition of SD-WAN
/ May 23, 2017 0 COMMENTS

SD-WANs have garnered a tremendous amount of interest from companies both large and small as they can significantly lower the costs and complexity of running a WAN. As businesses migrate applications to the cloud, they are increasingly embracing the cost advantages of broadband connectivity to connect users to applications. This is being driven not only…

SD-WAN Makes Regional Hubs A Reality
SD-WAN Makes Regional Hubs A Reality
/ Apr 19, 2017 0 COMMENTS

When it comes to WAN architecture, there has been a debate that has raged on for decades.  Hub-and-spoke or fully distributed mesh, which is better?  Hub-and-spoke networks are certainly simpler to design and manage, but the downside is that all branch traffic needs to be backhauled through a central location. Consider a U.S.-based company with…

SD-WANs Are Necessary For Success With The Internet of Things
SD-WANs Are Necessary For Success With The Internet of Things
/ Apr 6, 2017 0 COMMENTS

It’s my belief that we will look back at 2017 as a tipping point for the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT has certainly been something that most business and IT leaders talk about, but to date, deployments have been limited to key verticals that have been connecting things for years, although we called it machine-to-machine…

Five New Rules For The WAN In The Digital Era
Five New Rules For The WAN In The Digital Era
/ Feb 28, 2017 0 COMMENTS

It’s safe to say that no one likes change. It makes us uncomfortable and puts us in positions that we are not familiar with. This is certainly true in our personal lives, but it’s also true in our jobs. It seems every time there is some kind of major technology shift everything changes, and IT…

SD-WANs Will Sail Right Past The “Trough of Disillusionment”
SD-WANs Will Sail Right Past The “Trough of Disillusionment”
/ Feb 16, 2017 0 COMMENTS

The Gartner Magic Quadrant is certainly the most iconic graphic ever created by an industry analyst firm. Second on that list is the Gartner Hype Cycle. Personally, I find the naming scheme of the elements of the Hype Cycle to be a bit trite, but each phase is fairly accurate. Technology innovation cycles start with…

Network Engineers – Don’t Let Manual Processes Be Your Kobayashi Maru
Network Engineers – Don’t Let Manual Processes Be Your Kobayashi Maru
/ Feb 7, 2017 0 COMMENTS

At the start of the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Lt. Saavik took a test known as the Kobayashi Maru.  The test was actually a trap to see how someone would handle a “no-win scenario” where any choice made would lead to a bad outcome.  In network engineering, a Kobayashi Maru-like scenario…

Another New Year’s Resolution for Network Managers: I Will Embrace Virtual Network Functions
Another New Year’s Resolution for Network Managers: I Will Embrace Virtual Network Functions
/ Jan 24, 2017 0 COMMENTS

In my blog near the beginning of the year, I urged network managers to make a resolution to not stick with the status quo when it comes to evaluating and selecting an SD-WAN solution provider, as it will ultimately prove a bad decision for the company and potentially the engineer’s career.  Another resolution network managers…

Managed SD-WAN Evaluation Criteria
Managed SD-WAN Evaluation Criteria
/ Jan 19, 2017 1 COMMENTS

In my last post I focused on how managed SD-WAN service providers can help large, distributed organizations with the complexity of managing dozens of relationships with various broadband providers. This can let a business with hundreds or even thousands of locations enjoy all the financial and performance benefits of SD-WANs without the associated risk of…

Highly-Distributed Organizations Should Consider Managed SD-WAN To Accelerate Adoption
Highly-Distributed Organizations Should Consider Managed SD-WAN To Accelerate Adoption
/ Jan 17, 2017 1 COMMENTS

There is no company too small or large to take advantage of Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN).  The only requirement is the obvious one that the business be multi-site in nature and is running a WAN that connects the locations together.  However, not all WANs are created equal. For organizations with small to medium WANs, with tens…

New Years Resolution For Network Managers: Don’t Get Fired For Sticking With The Status Quo
New Years Resolution For Network Managers: Don’t Get Fired For Sticking With The Status Quo
/ Jan 9, 2017 0 COMMENTS

In IT circles we have all heard the popular expression “you never get fired for buying X” where X is your established incumbent vendor. In some ways the phrase excuses the complacent decision maker who would rather make the safe choice of buying the market share leader or incumbent vendor rather than taking a risk…